Victoria Falls
Visualizing the Scale of the Falls

Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, is very tall.  At 350 feet, it’s as high as a 35-story building, 45 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty from pedestal to torch, and more than twice as high as Niagara Falls.

More than 50 blue whales could fit between one end of the Falls and the other.

And while that towering height is impressive, its width is even more extraordinary.  At 5,603 feet, it is the largest uninterrupted curtain of falling water in the world.  To put that in perspective, that’s one mile (5,280 feet) plus 323 more feet after that.  Lined up end-to-end, more than 50 blue whales (the world’s largest mammals) or, if you prefer, about four-and-a-half Empire State Buildings could fit between one end of the Falls and the other.

Every second, enough water pours over the Falls to fill 148 concrete trucks.

During the rainy season, more than 300,000 gallons of water go over the Falls every second — enough to fill 148 concrete trucks.  In just over 12 minutes, the tremendous flow could cover one square mile with one foot of water.  And in one hour, enough water spills over Victoria Falls to fill 1,635 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

  • James MacFadden

    You all do a great job with everything you do. Thank you for the chance to go somewhere thru your show. Keep on truckin’ and be safe.

  • Jorge Guerra

    Great stories, awesome images, extraordinaly documented.

  • Ben Niemczyk

    I visited Zambia in 1996, and my sole regret was not visiting the falls. You’ve brought me as close as I’ll ever get to them, and I thank you.

  • Rocio Esquivel

    Africa is so vast. I trully appreciate this programs
    that takes us into the wonders of Nature and the Globe.
    Thank you

  • Victoria Quesada

    Your Nature series are incredible. Nobody could make such journeys and see so much from every angle as you put in out homes. I would never, ever stop being a member of PBS. Thanks

  • Maluga

    The Creator is very wise. She had placed Africa with the most “backward thinking” people to preserve its beauty.

  • Rober

    Truly awesome!

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